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The Cybertruck is now a $100 RC toy you can buy Friday. I took it for a spin


You’ll be able to drive a Cybertruck by this September — well, a remote-control toy model, that is. Mattel worked with Tesla to create the Hot Wheels R/C Cybertruck set, a one-10th scale version of the stainless steel, straight-out-of-science-fiction electric pickup truck. And it comes with a little Cyberquad as an accessory. (Yes, the ATV fits in the bed of the truck.)

The $100 remote-control car goes on sale this Friday at 8 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET) on The site is where Mattel flaunts its more artsy side, periodically dropping limited-edition collectables. 

In early 2020, Mattel Creations launched with a presale of a high-end, hobby-grade collectors’ model of the Hot Wheels R/C Cybertruck, also at 1:10 scale. Priced at $400, it sold out within hours. Orders for that model began arriving to customers this month. 

Mattel’s new R/C Cybertruck toy goes on sale this week for $100. And it includes the Cyberquad ATV.Bridget Carey/CNET

After the success of the first Cybertruck collectable, Mattel is launching a toy-grade model with fewer features at a fraction of the price. The toy version has working lights and travels at about 10 mph. The remote control is shaped like the Cybertruck steering wheel. The controls are pretty basic — two thumb toggles, one for going forward and backward, another for steering left and right. 

Mattel sent me one of the first models of the toy to check out myself. Unfortunately, mine broke after about five minutes of driving it. (And unlike the real deal, I didn’t have to throw anything at the window to break it.) 

I took it for a spin on a basketball court, having the car zip around my kids’ feet as my 2-year-old son tried to chase it. Running the truck backward at full speed, I quickly jetted it forward and instantly knew something went wrong. 

It’s supposed to accelerate with its two back tires, but at that moment, something disconnected and now only one tire moves. Our playtime was over.

I reached out to Mattel about it, and the company shared this statement: “The version provided to CNET was an early-phase product sample. Fans will receive a final version of the latest 1:10 Hot Wheels R/C Cybertruck to ensure they can enjoy the best play experience possible.”

I’ll also be sending back the unit so Mattel’s team can investigate issues with my model. 

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